|Newton Philis RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 aka Banesfinger|
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What appeared to be the object of your desire, suddenly comes to life as it lashes out at you with its tentacles.
Deep Desire CR 5
N Medium aberration (shapechanger)
Init +5; Senses all-round vision, darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +11
----- Defense -----
AC 16, touch 11, flat-footed 15 (+1 Dex, +5 natural)
hp 52 (7d8+21)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +6
Defensive Abilities amorphous, chameleon; Immune critical hits, precision damage
----- Offense -----
Speed 5 ft., Climb 5 ft.
Melee slam +10 (1d8+6 plus grab)
Special Attacks constrict (slam, 1d8+6)
----- Statistics -----
Str 19, Dex 12, Con 17, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +9 (+13 grapple); CMD 20 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Climb +14, Disguise +10 (+30 if using mimic desire), Perception +11, Stealth +14; Racial Modifiers +20 Disguise (if using mimic desire)
SQ detect desires, mimic desire
----- Ecology -----
Environment any underground
Organization solitary, pair, or cluster (3-6)
----- Special Abilities -----
Detect Desire (Sp) This creature constantly probes for surface thoughts, hoping to find a victim’s deepest desire. This is similar to a Detect Thoughts spell but with a range of 120 feet, and creatures who succeed on their DC 16 Will save, avoid having their desires detected. This is a Constitution-based, divination, mind-affecting ability.
Mimic Desire (Sp) After successfully detecting desire in a victim, this monster can assume the form of that desire. This can be an object or a creature of Medium size or smaller, such as gems, food or a desired mate. The Deep Desire cannot substantially alter its size, but can alter part of its body to look like the surrounding cavern floor or wall, with the remainder of its body looking like the adjacent smaller, desired object or creature. Using the thoughts from the victim, it can even mimic the form’s sounds, smells, and behaviours. The Deep Desire gains +20 racial bonus on Disguise checks to imitate this object or creature. Disguise is always a class skill for a Deep Desire.
Chameleon (Ex) The Deep Desire also uses its shapechanging ability to avoid powerful creatures or those with no mental desires (e.g., undead). It can take on the color and texture of nearby objects, including cavern floors and walls. It receives a +10 enhancement on Stealth while in this form.
This subterranean creature is an ambush hunter, using its prey’s deepest desire to lure it close enough to launch a surprise attack. Most of the time it assumes the form of edible mushrooms or morsels of food for the pale beetles that often scurry along Nar-Voth’s caverns. Occasionally it will encounter derro and mimic a patch of cytillesh/brain mold. Or it will shapechange into a vein of precious metals or gems for wandering duergar. Surface dwellers who have wandered this deep into the Nar-Voth often have more desperate desires; encountering a shapechanged ancient portal to the surface, or a kindly dwarven map maker. Those with more noble pursuits often find wounded maidens, or long-lost relatives.
Deep Desires are highly sought after by the drow. They often send patrols into the Nar-Voth with the sole purpose of capturing Deep Desires. Their abilities are prized by drow interrogators, who domesticate and train them. Finding out what your enemy desires the most, is an invaluable tool (especially other drow Houses). The cruel drow also enjoy the ironic humor of watching their captives getting devoured by their greatest desires.